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Welcome to the new LCBS ClubExpress Web Site

This new LCBS website service will handle many administrative and member services features with much greater consistency, from one service. The Board elected in the spring of 2020 to proceed with this service provider, ClubExpress  It will handle registration, roster management, invoicing, receipting for member fees and related services. It will connect with our LCBS bookkeeping and financials management.  It retains the historic  website name.

The service will rely on you to register and record your own membership information, email, updating and interests.  Each band will have, through its conductor, it's own mail out service and there will be a general overall Bulletin service to inform on broader topics like individual band matters, projects and events.  It will have a calendar of events feature and and a Bulletin to address broad issues of the Society and its activities.

You will receive a registration notice by your last recorded email in the former  system. Whether you are playing or merely interested in keeping up on LCBS affairs we ask that you complete the form to add you to our organization and associate you with your member 'type', which will essentially be defined by which ensembles or group of ensembles you register and plan to play in.

Please take the time to complete your data for our mail out databases, and set up your own password  in your personal portal, which is partially set up to you, and will have been received by you if you were part of the bulk upload we used to 'stock' the database of members.  In your portal you login, and you decide what services you want , and can maintain your email addresses as they may change from time to time.  If you need some assistance for your portal, you can use and select "videos' or "Cool Stuff" in order to access helpful instructional tools.

The new ClubExpress service will handle payments via credit card, Paypal and other services. It will also provide an invoice service and reminder notices for pending expiry of membership or outstanding payments. For the time being you can register in your "member type" without fees, which are waived pending a firm full startup. Fees will not be levied before the end of December 2020, at the earliest.  at which point the Board will be reviewing the balance of the year, depending on Covid restrictions and facility limitations.

Like anything new, there will no doubt be kinks to iron out.  We ask that you be patient with issues as they might arise and we will have a link with which to inform us of any problems you are encountering. Updates of information, on the web and related communications services, will be ongoing. We are planning an October start if possible.

LCBS RECORDINGS  - Please allow time for upload of link.

The LCBS Gold Band was initiated in early 1987 conducted by conductor emeritus,  the late Robert M. Cook. The Society was formally  incorporated in 1987 as a  charitable Society. The following year saw the inauguration of the Silver Band and more recently the LCBS Brass Band.
In addition to multiple yearly concerts, an annual favourite LCBS event is Tuba Christmas, where all manner of low brass perform with decorated instruments ( and even lights !)
In 2019 Gold and Silver Band members  toured Scotland for a memorable series of concerts in stunning halls and churches, while staying based at the University of Edinburgh.
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Music Teacher Resources

Free resources are available to help music educators optimize online teaching as well as resume in-person instruction amid the pandemic. Among them are the Virtual Learning Resources from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Resuming Instruction During COVID-19 documents provided by the American String Teachers Association. For independent music teachers, MTNA has posted Legal FAQ for Reopening Music Studios.

Zoom Audio Upgrade

Zoom recently rolled out High-Fidelity Music Mode, "designed to provide professional-grade audio and optimize all kinds of sound and music." To activate it, under audio settings, tick the relevant box. The upgrade request was led by Yale University joined by dozens of other institutions worldwide, including the New World Symphony.

Copyright & Distance Learning

In 2002, the U.S. Congress passed the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act, commonly call the TEACH Act, which clarifies how copyrighted materials can and cannot be used by accredited, non-profit educational institutions for purposes of distance learning. A handy summary from NAfME, Copyright Guidance for Distance Learning, outlines the main points, and their newly posted FAQ sheet adds details. For additional information, see the TEACH Act Toolkit published by the Louisiana State University Library along with resources from the American Library Association.

Mental Health

The pandemic has not only impacted musicians' finances but also compromised many artists' mental health. If you're suffering from depression or other difficulties, seek help. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control publishes Mental Health Tools & Resources as well as a Coping with Stress page listing helplines and tips. To connect with mental health providers, visit Backline. Other resources include, and, for college/university students and faculty, ULifeline.

New Thinking

For musicians and arts organizations to retain and grow their audiences, new thinking will almost surely be needed, especially when it comes to providing more inclusive programming and engaging diverse people, as Aubrey Bergauer recently articulated on Design Thinking offers us a proven framework to spark, test, and validate ideas, and it's the framework I rely on when I help musicians and arts organizations innovate. For a summary, see my article, Design Thinking for Audience Development.


The Wallace Foundation Blog has posted valuable articles about how the arts and arts education sectors are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, which complement their library of resources on building audiences for the arts.

Ensemble Aerosols

The Vienna Philharmonic has begun performing again by applying research on the aerosols produced by orchestral instruments, as encapsulated in a recent article in Forbes. Ongoing data about aerosols, along with guidelines for U.S. music educators, are being posted on the website of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Impossible Orchestra

Conductor Alondra de la Parra produced a high-level performance and video of the Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez by uniting musicians who performed at different locations and times. Read more about the "Impossible Orchestra" and view a video on the Deutsche Welle site.

CAMI Shuts Down

In late August, the arts world was saddened to learn that the storied artist management firm Columbia Artists had permanently ceased operations. Opera News published some details coupled with a brief summary of CAMI's history.

Remembering Morricone

Beloved film composer Ennio Morricone passed away in July at age 91. John Zorn penned a moving and informative tribute in The New York Times.

Violin Treats

On September 2, The New York Times published an enchanting piece titled, "5 Minutes that Will Make You Love the Violin," in which 16 noted musicians and writers describe and share recordings of beloved compositions featuring the violin.

Women in Music

If you'd like to learn more about the contributions of women composers from ancient times to the present, the independent classical music label Drama Musica provides an array of online material, including an extensive list of names with links. Chamber Music America also publishes a list of women, ALAANA, and gender non-conforming composers as part of their Composer Equity Project.

3 Practice Techniques

By employing three proven techniques during our practice, we deepen our learning and equip ourselves to perform securely under pressure. Learn more in my article, Varied, Distributed and Interleaved Practice.

Equitable Auditions?

Top American orchestras count few musicians of color among their ranks, and many arts leaders are questioning whether traditional audition processes are as equitable as they could be. Fresh perspectives on the topic appeared in a September article in The New York Times titled, "Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions."

Orchestras in Crisis

The financial challenges that professional orchestras face right now are exemplified by events at the Pittsburgh Symphony, where more salary cuts, layoffs, and furloughs were announced in early September, as reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Arts Ed Budget Cuts

As tax revenues have dropped due to the pandemic, government budgets have contracted in step. In some regions, arts education has been disproportionally cut. Take New York City, for instance: reports, “New York City’s 2021 budget slashes already modest funding for public-school arts education by 70 percent.”

Boulogne Biopic

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“Your habits in the practice room make you the musician that you are.”

-The Musician's Way, p. 20